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My Blue Moon decks are getting a lot of use. I'm wondering if maybe I should laminate them, since there's no way of protecting them otherwise. Anyone have any thoughts on how to keep the cards in good shape?
 
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It would probably be cheaper just to buy new decks.
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It would probably be cheaper just to buy new decks.







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Buying new decks? Nope.

Just use Magic the Gathering card sleeves. The cards stick out only a fraction (literally 1/10 of a millimeter which is negligible). My cards are still like new.
 
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locusshifter wrote:
Buying new decks? Nope.

Just use Magic the Gathering card sleeves. The cards stick out only a fraction (literally 1/10 of a millimeter which is negligible). My cards are still like new.


I must be seriously mis-remembering the size of the Blue Moon cards. As I recall, they were far bigger that what would slip into a standard sized card sleeve.
 
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I'm pretty sure they're wider too, but I will have to try it when I get home. Somebody (winks at FFG) should make Blue Moon sleeves with pretty art on the back.
 
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they don't fit into magic sleeves. period!
 
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There is a Korean web site (I don't recall the URL - but if it mattered I dare say someone might be able to find it with some work - someone else found it first) that has cards that fit. Now we just need a Korean speaker ...
 
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My husband and I did put them in Magic sleeves. The cards are just slightly taller which isn't a big deal. So, I can vouch for the fact that it does work. Cheaper that laminating.
 
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Blue Moon City cards are only slightly bigger than M:TG cards but Blue Moon cards are much bigger.

I can only assume some people are confusing the two.
 
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Actually they fit quite nicely, but you have to use scissors to size them down.
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Demo_Boy wrote:
Actually they fit quite nicely, but you have to use scissors to size them down.


Ack!
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theonomous wrote:
Demo_Boy wrote:
Actually they fit quite nicely, but you have to use scissors to size them down.


Ack!
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Ack too!

I'd love to find some sleeves for these, i had my hopes up when i found some ultra-pro stuff on Ebay that was for "wide screen cards", but it was just slightly too small, width wise.

I'd like to sleeve my Blue Moon cards too!
 
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For starters, I do not own this game, so have no way to validate anything I'm saying... but I am anal and if I buy a copy, I will have something on hand to protect the cards before the boxes are opened, so I did some research, and here's what I found.

At 25.4 mm to the inch, 120 mm by 70 mm is 4.72" by 2.76" which is supposedly the dimensions of the Blue Moon cards. (Not Blue Moon City, which is a totally different game.)

So, that's pretty similar to 3" x 5", with a bit of slop on each side.

A very promising product is Ultra PRO Tall Soft Sleeves as seen here (no connection to vendor, in fact, have never even purchased from them, yadda yadda)

http://www.the2buds.com/susltall.htm

Approximate dimensions are 2 9/16" x 4 15/16". These may be too narrow, however, it would probably be necessary to either get more precise interior dimensions from the manufacturer OR simply buy a pack and try them out. Ultra PRO stock number is 81194.

A solution which certainly would work but probably a bit more effort would be to take a larger sleeve and use a heat sealer to make the sleeve narrower, and then trim off the excess. Postcard Soft Sleeves would work.

http://www.the2buds.com/suslsoft.htm

This is probably less effort than cold or hot lamination plus trimming.

Perhaps easier to work with, as the narrow dimension is closer to correct, would be a product from these folks:

http://www.cistamps.com/clear_sleeves.htm

Item # NF35 - 3" x 5 1/8 - opening on 3" end. If the fit isn't bad for the width, the excess length could be trimmed easily.

Here's another one, same type of thing...

http://www.theboxdepot.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?search=action...

aPSBM8 is 2-15/16 x 6-13/16 and seems promising to me, again, should be wide enough without too much slop.

So, that was everything I could turn up in a quick Internet search. The idea of cold lamination strikes me as a good one, but trimming hundreds of cards by hand would be a LOT of work. A good heat sealer and trimming down slightly larger card sleeves might be less work.
 
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